Trump’s Admin Officials Are Seeking Psychiatric Help Because Of His Behavior

The subject of President Donald Trump’s mental fitness for the job became a topic of debate ever since he began campaigning.

Citing his erratic behavior, eagerness to lie and constant rejection of reality, at least one high-ranking official on the White House staff even wrote an anonymous OpEd for The New York Times, to assure the public they were trying their best not to let the President of the United States kill us all.

And according to Yale University psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee, White House officials approached her, concerned for the President’s mental health and seeking her services.

Dr. Lee—who wrote the book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President—told Salon:

“[They] said that Trump was ‘scaring’ them, that he was ‘unraveling.”

“Not wishing to confuse the role I chose, as an educator of the public, and a potential treatment role, I referred them to the local emergency room without inquiring much further.”

Twitter was not surprised by many of Dr. Lee’s allegations.

Lee’s allegations come days before the publication of a new book by legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward called Fear: Trump in the White House

Like the content of the anonymous New York Times OpEd, Fear asserts that the President’s own staff lost faith in his ability to lead, with some even going so far as to steal dangerous memos and orders off his desk before he can sign them. 

While the President is decrying the book as fiction, Woodward is a journalism veteran whose investigative work alongside Carl Bernstein for The Washington Post proved instrumental in uncovering the Watergate scandal.

Woodward and Bernstein co-authored All the President’s Men detailing their experience. Since then, Woodward—who is now an associate editor for The Washington Post—wrote 17 more books about Washington politics covering every President since Nixon.

But the cumulative claims also have many unsettled.

Trump’s White House staff, the Cabinet and Congress face increasing pressure to go public if they actually believe the President is mentally unfit. 

The public is pushing those who spoke out anonymously—rather than continue putting out fires as they come for the sake of maintaining the illusion of a unified White House—to take their concerns to Congress and invoke the 25th Amendment.

It’s unclear how or when the Trump presidency will end, but lately it seems like even his own staffers hope it ends soon.

H/T: Salon, The Hill